Yemen: Elections, Terrorism, & Future Threat? - Conference Call

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Yemenis voted on Tuesday February 21st, and after thirty-three years of authoritarian rule, Ali Abdullah Saleh was replaced as head of state by current Vice President Abdurabu Mansur Hadi. It remains to be seen whether the winner of this one-man contest will cooperate with the United States on counter-terrorism.

Despite pledges from the new government, it is unlikely that it will prioritize the fight against al Qaeda over direct threats to its existence. The election will not end the country's unrest, nor bring al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (known as AQAP) closer to defeat.

American efforts seem to be focused on facilitating the transition of power to a Yemeni government that will fight AQAP, yet this requires a willing and able partner.

Moderator: Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Presenter: Katherine Zimmerman, who leads the Gulf of Aden team at the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project. She has testified in front of Congress about Yemen, and has just published a paper on America's strategy there.

More information about Yemen and AEI's Critical Threats Project can be found at www.criticalthreats.com/yemen

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